Understanding Asthma

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes the airways to become restricted and breathing to become more difficult. Contrary to common belief, it is not caused by smoke, air pollution, dust mites, or allergies – but those things can aggravate and worsen the symptoms.

Causes and Treatments of Asthma

Though we are not exactly sure what causes asthma, we often know how to treat it and to lessen its effects. Some methods of treatment include inhalers, nebulizers, medications, and lifestyle changes. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest pain.

Managing Asthma Triggers

Avoiding ‘triggers’ like allergens and smoke can lessen the symptoms and severity. While many asthma sufferers lead a normal life, for many it can be debilitating and in thousands of cases each year, even lead to death.

The Importance of Regular Physician Visits

Physician office visits are an important part of asthma care. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program’s panel recommends clinical visits every six months for patients whose asthma is under control with more frequent visits for those whose asthma is uncontrolled or severe and persistent.

Learn more about Asthma at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.